Sunday Morning Podcast Dec 23, 2018. Bro. Dave Goble.

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TEXT: JOHN 1:1-7, 14  

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

2 The same was in the beginning with God.

3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.

7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.

14  And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

God’s gift to us, was the Word made flesh. “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us,”   The Wise Men had knowledge, understanding, and prophecy of where Jesus was to be born.  If we were to be wise men also,  it would be because of this awesome knowledge that Jesus IS the Word!   That Jesus is THE Word, yet became as lowly man, to walk among us, to show us the way, and to walk in the light.  1) “Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,  2) Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews?  for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. 3) When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.  4) And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.”  Matthew 2:1-4   If you were king, and news came that there was presently a king born in your country,  it is probable you would feel threatened much like Herod did.  Herod not being a upright king, but rather a wicked one, then inquired where Jesus was to be born, in order to plot Christ’s death.  God warned the Wise Men before returning home, to go another way because of wicked King Herod’s evil intent, sparing the baby Jesus’s life, but tragically many other infants died because of Herod’s attempt to destroy Him.  The Wise Men hadn’t traveled this long distance to worship just any king, but one of prophecy.   The Word made flesh,  came to us as a lowly man.  An infant king,  was to be found in a manger.   

Mankind (all of us) needed a Savior, and 2000 years later, we still do.   For a human without God, is without control.  For without Jesus,  man cannot keep sin out of his heart.   The Wise Men came with the purpose to worship and brought gifts of 1) gold, 2) frankincense, and 3) myrrh to baby King Jesus.   Their gifts represent one of deeper meaning than their chemical substance.  1) Gold: pure gold is made so by being purified in fire.   2) Frankincense:  An aromatic gum resin, an oil extracted from plants and  used in ceremonial worship.  Jesus is like this; an sweet incense, extracted and given to and for worship.  3) Myrrh:  a resinous  exudation from certain plants, also extracted and used for perfume incense in worship, etc.  Myrrh is also more importantly a symbol of an anointing from heaven.    

But what gifts does God really want from us? 15 O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise. 16 For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.  17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.  Psalms 15th chapter.   Gifts God wants then, are a broken and contrite spirit.  The all of our heart, spirit and will, surrendered to His sovereign Will.  Not out of duty, but a full and complete love.  Obedience is not the first priority for evidence.  Because obedience without your heart, is an offense.  It is a stench without the sweet incense of your heart.   Matthew 25:35-40, 41-46 defines further what God is looking for, and not looking for, …from us.  To give meat to the hungry, drink for the thirsty, clothes for the naked,  taking in the stranger, visiting the sick and those in prison.  It is only when we follow through ministering to these spiritual needs, that we are administering for Jesus, the needs of the lost, and helpless.  To ignore those needs of others, is what will cause Christ to cast us away.  If we claim to be rich and not with need, we are wretched, naked, and blind. God counsels us to allow ourselves to be tried in the fire, to give the gold He desires, of our surrendered loving will.  Revelations 3:17,18.

God sent the gift of a king.  What gift will we bring King Jesus?